Links to idlers:
The Idler Academy. Back in 1991, bored to tears by his job, 23 year old journalist Tom Hodgkinson lay on his bed and dreamed of starting a magazine called The Idler. He’d found the title in a collection of essays by Dr Johnson, himself a constitutionally indolent man. How to live, that was the question. How to be free in a world of jobs and debt? And curse this alarm clock. Tom was fortunately sacked from his job and started to sign on. He wandered across the road to where his old friend, designer and writer Gavin Pretor-Pinney lived. Gavin was the kind of person who could help Tom to realise this dream. And he did. In August 1993, the pair produced issue one of the Idler. It had the sub-title “literature for loafers”. Dr Johnson was the cover star and there was an interview with magic mushroom guru Terence McKenna. Contributors included a young journalist called Louis Theroux. The magazine has since enjoyed a number of incarnations. In the nineties it was published by the Guardiannewspaper, then by Ebury publishing. Tom published the Idler as an annual collection of essays until 2014, then relaunched the mag in 2016.
The Idler Academy, founded at a festival in 2010, is the Idler’s educational offshoot. It is a school which offers online and real-world courses in the classical liberal arts and practical skills. From 2011 to 2015 we ran a small bookshop and café in Notting Hill. The Idler Academy teaches philosophy, astronomy, calligraphy, music, business skills, English grammar, ukulele, public speaking, singing, drawing, self-defence and other subjects. Here you can educate yourself in the ideas of Plato or learn the ukulele, in convivial surroundings with like-minded and interesting people.
Living without Money (Daniel Suelo´s website)
Moneyless World - Free World - Priceless World (Daniel Suelo´s blog)
The Man Who Quit Money (a book about Daniel Suelo)
Moneyless World - an information site about people around the world living moneyless, and resources for people who want to live moneyless
The Moneyless Man - a year of Freeconomic Living, by Mark Boyle
The Moneyless Manifesto (Mark Boyle) - read it for free!
Moneyless.org - A Rich Life without Money - Tips, Blogs, Stories, Books
Videos with folks voluntarily living moneyless in the modern world
The Freecycle Network – a movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns
Basic income (Basic income is an income that is given unconditionally to all citizens and persons with permanent residence in a country without the need testing or work duty, and are of such a size that it is possible to live on, albeit at a modest level.)
Early Retirement Extreme. Early Retirement Extreme (ERE) is a movement of individuals integrating ideas from anti-consumerism, DIY, the Renaissance man ideal, home economics, individualism, environmentalism, and rentier capitalism toward the goal of achieving financial independence extremely rapidly. Putting ERE principles into practice yields a lifestyle that meets all needs while minimizing ongoing inputs of money, natural resources, friction, and effort.
By embracing simple living, self-sufficiency, and prudence, a worker with a typical wage income can comfortably achieve a savings rate of 50-80%. The mathematics of compound interest and safe withdrawal rates dictate that an individual with such a high savings rate can achieve financial independence after only 5-10 years.
Tiny House Movement. The tiny-house movement is an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.
Permaculture Magazine - the permaculture movement helps you to turn your home into a productive entity and thereby bring nature into your everyday life
Website of the Slow Food movement - contains their inspiring manifesto
Sacred Economics, Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition,
by Charles Eisenstein
The Right to Useful Unemployment, by Ivan Illich. Like all revolutionary philosophers, Ivan Illich takes a fresh and searingly critical look at the nature of society, questioning the myth of progress and provoking people into rethinking some of the basic assumptions that underly it. In this postscript to Tools for Conviviality, he calls for the right to useful unemployment: a positive, constructive and even optimistic concept dealing with that activity by which people are useful to themselves and others outside the production of commodities for the market. Unfettered by managing professionals, unmeasured and unmeasurable by economics, these activities truly generate satisfaction, creativity and freedom.
Links to my main spiritual teachers:
Jiddu Krishnamurti (spiritual anarchism)
Karen Blixen (philosophy in storytelling)
J.R.R. Tolkien (philosophy in storytelling)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (philosophy in storytelling)
Peace Pilgrim (She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.")
John O´Donohue (Celtic spirituality)
David Steindl-Rast (Christian mysticism)
Links to Traditionalists
Mythic Resources. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, if you're looking for further information on fantasy, fairy tales, folklore, and mythic arts, here are some good places to start.
Sacred Web (a journal of tradition and modernity. This journal aims to identify Traditional “first principles” and their application to the contingent circumstances of modernity. Here you can find a lot of free articles, which could suggest topics for discussion).
School of Storytelling (courses in storytelling)
Fictional Cities (a website about how stories add spice to our ideas and feelings about the cities we love).
The World Travels (a website about so-called “Literary Tourism”)
The Autumn Salon (a website dedicated to raise awareness around individuals who, through connecting the traditional wisdom of the past with the living energy of the present, are contributing to a global culture of the future).
The Modern Fairies Project (Modern Fairies is a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers & researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world).
Myth and Moor (wonderful blog on folklore, fairy tales, fantasy, mythic arts and mythic living. It is written by Terri Windling. Especially relevant is her Into the Woods series).
The Journal of Mythic Arts (JoMA was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, edited by the above mentioned Terri Windling, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008. This website contains material drawn from JoMA's 11 years of publication. It is kept online as a Mythic Arts archive, and as such is not updated. For more recent discussions of Mythic Arts, fantasy literature, and related topics, visit Terri Windling's Myth & Moor.
The Gift, by Lewis Hyde. By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities.
Hallowquest. Exploring ancient thresholds of inspiration. Caitlin and John Matthews like to explore the myths and traditions of Britain and Ireland, uncovering the Celtic and Arthurian mysteries, exploring the shamanic lore, and creating rituals that honour the ancestral ways to tell the ancient stories that our descendants will remember.
Nomadic Academy for Fools (NOA). Fooling is a unique technique that introduces you to the architecture of your own personal inner stage, upon which you are able to perform on or in any space, and at any time, using just improvisation and your own imagination.
A Spell In Time (A Spell In Time is a unique British-Bulgarian performance storytelling company that brings the power and magic of Bulgaria’s myths, heroic epics and traditional tales to English-speaking audiences for the very first time. Please browse through these pages to find out more about the Company, our shows and workshops, and some fascinating information about Bulgarian myth and folklore. This is highly relevant for Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy, since the Gundestrup Cauldron very likely was made in Thrace).